Long-time resident and two others file for mayor
Editor's Note: This is the second of four mayoral candidates that will be profiled in the coming weeks.
Election day is going to be interesting.
Basehor resident Bill Hooker filed for the office of mayor last week at Leavenworth County Courthouse, making him one of three candidates to run against incumbent Mayor John Pfannenstiel.
Hooker says his decision to run was only a matter of having enough time.
"I have previously considered running for mayor, but due to other time commitments and time constraints, I was just not able to find the time that this position requires," Hooker said. "Now that I am retired, I have the time and I am eager to serve the community that has been my home for over 28 years."
Before retiring from Citizens Savings and Loan in February, Hooker was a purchasing manager for Foley Construction. Hooker said he thought the experience would be beneficial for him should he become mayor.
"My vast experiences as a purchasing manager in the field of construction has exposed me to just about every aspect of management there is and I feel that my election to mayor would be an asset to the city of Basehor," Hooker said.
Hooker has said he has told Pfannenstiel personally that he thinks Pfannenstiel should have resigned after he was charged with felony crimes last summer.
"My gripes about the mayor are, as I have said in previous news writings and verbally to him, is that I think he should have resigned several months ago and I just don't think he should be representing the city of Basehor," Hooker said.
Several members of the current city council have supported Pfannenstiel over the past few months. Hooker knows many of the council members and thinks he can work with the council without problem.
"I have been very vocal in my position on John and there have been council members that have supported him, we might have some differences there, but I definitely know I can work with them," Hooker said.
Hooker has said that no matter how critical of Pfannenstiel he has been, their personal differences should not play a role in the upcoming election.
"I do not want to get into personality issues with this election and I would challenge John to do the same thing," Hooker said.
Although Pfannenstiel and Hooker agree that Basehor needs more managed growth they disagree on the proposed annexation plans for the Falcon Lakes Development which is a 540 acre tract along K-7 Highway, a mile north of Leavenworth Road (see related story on page 1A).
"I would be totally opposed to that. I see no gain to the city of Basehor by annexing a subdivision of that nature that's not continuous with city boundaries," Hooker said.
According to Hooker he is confident about the election but knows there will be a lot to learn.
"I fully understand that there will be a lot to learn and I am confident that I am very capable of performing the duties that this position requires. I ask the citizens of Basehor for their support and their vote and I look forward to serving them," Hooker said.
The election date for all public offices is Tuesday, April 3.